American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Torrey, UT, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Organization Group, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Historic Orchard Visitor Services and Resource Protection Intern interested in dedicating 26 weeks in support of Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. The intern will carry out a mixture of natural resource management and visitor services duties in addition to monitoring the health of the Park's 19 historic orchards containing over 2,000 fruit trees. 

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural resource and/or public lands management.


Start Date: Early July 2018 (somewhat flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: Late December or Early January (26 weeks from start date)

* A minimum 26-week commitment is required * 


Location:  Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah


Background: Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. Capitol Reef is also home to a number of cultural resources and maintains the largest historic orchard complex in the National Park Service as part of the Fruita Rural Historic District.


Project Website:  For more information regarding Capitol Reef National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: 


Compensation:  The ACE intern will serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $435/week for food and incidentals.

Onsite housing is provided by NPS (no pets or family members) at no cost to the intern.  Housing may be mixed gender, but with private bed rooms, and a shared kitchen, common space and bathrooms. The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel (Must be 21 or older for vehicle use).


Position Description: Duties will include hiking up to 10 miles a day on consecutive days, driving long distances on unimproved roads, backpacking overnight, and carrying a heavy pack on patrols, all taking place in a desert environment which can include extreme heat, insects, and dusty conditions.

Orchard duties (40%) would include: opening orchards, interacting with visitors to disseminate information, pruning, watering, and monitoring the health of 19 historic orchards containing over 2,000 fruit trees. 

Visitor & Resource Protection duties (60%) would include: patrolling backcountry roads, trails and off-trail routes; contacting park visitors in backcountry/wilderness settings; explaining park regulations and safety issues; monitoring trail, road, and spring conditions; conducting informal resource condition assessments; conducting minor maintenance to signs, primitive campsites, and trailheads; assisting with issuing backcountry permits; and assisting the V&RP staff with emergency responses such as emergency medical services, search & rescue, and flash flood response.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree and/or have experience in interpretation, cultural resource management, environmental studies, history, ecology, biology, natural resource management, recreation management, park management, or a related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to serve comfortably alone or in a group.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age (interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to self-direct alone as well as collaborate with a group.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required for personal travel.
  • Must be able to handle physically demanding field duties, hiking several miles a day, backpacking overnight, carrying a heavy pack on patrols; all taking place in a desert environment which will include extreme heat, insects, and dusty conditions.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must be willing to wear a uniform and maintain professional appearance that complies with park service personal appearance standards.


  • Skills such as technical canyoneering, rock climbing, and/or EMS training
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

The ACE NPS Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. 


To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zoe Moskwa at

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